It’s Shrove Tuesday on 4th March, the day we all look forward to for our annual pancake feast and afterwards declare that we should eat pancakes more often. We rarely do of course, so this classic recipe is a way to ensure you make the most of your annual treat.
Berry season is long gone, but this sauce is a great opportunity to use up any frozen gluts from last year.
Makes about 6 pancakes, depending on the size of your pan
If left to their own devices, raspberries will sprout up like weeds. So plant the canes in rows leaving enough of a channel so that you can walk in between the bushes and pick the fruit. And every time you seem one growing in between the rows or sprouting elsewhere, pull it up if it is in the way. Continue reading
Country hedges have been full of fruit this year,
but where are the berries in our cities?
London-based urban gardener, Dan Combes, wonders why there aren't more berries in city centres...
Towns and cities of Britain, why aren't we cultivating more soft fruits?
Over the last the two weeks I have planted thousands of bulbs. But why (London, I'm talking to you especially) am I not planting soft fruits? It is the perfect time to put in berries and currants.
As I write our native flora is abound with fruit. I have never seen our hedgerows so stocked. Clusters of red fruits weigh down hawthorn branches. Rose hips wreath their way through the arms of blackthorn, with their sloes ready to bring the best out of gin.
There's little to beat the taste of a well-grown
raspberry – choose your varieties well and you'll
be cropping for months!
Getting the best from your raspberry canes means remembering just a few very important points. And here they are!